A Word for the Week
'Wants'. We all have them. Question is, do they have us? In this land of plenty, more and more are being led toward poverty because of 'want'. Some want more clothes, others more cars, some just want more convenience. It's a never ending cycle that indeed 'taxes' many, if not most at a rate of spending that is simply not sustainable. We want more and enjoy more, less!
What if there was a way to never want for anything? Would you be interested in hearing more?
I hope the answer to that is 'yes' because if it's 'no', you can put a period here and continue whatever else you're doing.
The 23rd Psalm begins with these familiar words--"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." The application in that phrase is--"I shall not want for anything."
That's not a name it-claim it approach to living a life of luxury. This is the way to be content in life with what our Shepherd graciously provides for us daily. Some might respond, well that's simply not enough. For some who may respond that way, they're in essence saying that having a relationship with a loving Father that desires the very best for you every day is not enough. And back on the proverbial merry-go-round that person goes.
God's word provides a better way for us to live, today! Listen to these familiar words again--"Jesus said to them, (you and me) 'I am the Bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who comes to Me shall never thirst...All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out."
Paul Purvis, pastor of First Baptist Church in Temple Terrace FL. comments--"In those verses, Jesus promised that our fulfillment in Him is inexhaustible. Those verses remind us that Jesus is our Source of life, our Satisfaction in life, our Sustainer through life, and last but not least, our Security for life."
What is there in life that we need that is not completely covered by that truth? Nothing.
God has promised to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19) The storehouse of supply is not entrusted to men for distribution but to Jesus who loved us so much He gave His life for us. Because He was willing to do that for all who trust Him, what would He not be willing to provide for those who embrace the grace of God that manifests itself in abundant life here and eternal life hereafter?
God will not withhold any good thing for His people as we learn to trust Him. In learning to depend on Him, we realize that Father really does know best. And we learn to be content; in Him. Those promises remove a lot of unnecessary stress associated with 'want'.
So if you're hungry--Jesus is our source that provides bread, daily. If you're thirsty, Jesus has promised to satisfy our thirst. If you're lonely, Jesus sustains us; He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Heb. 13:5) If you're fearful, Jesus secures us, both here and hereafter!
Why would we be consumed by 'want' when we have all we 'need' in the person of Christ and what He provides? We simply must learn to trust Him with all our heart and not lean on our own understanding.
Fitting words for mid-week when facing the struggle of wanting more and enjoying it less! When I realize that Jesus is for me and desires the best in my life, I soon discover something strange occurring in my life--I want less and less from this world and enjoy 'the less' I have been given more.
I hope you've discovered that important life principle and are presently enjoying contentment more! If not quite there yet, remember God is faithful to provide for you and me exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power than works in us. ( Eph. 3:20)
That is not a promise from some person, THAT
is the promised provision of God at work in anyone who will trust and obey realizing there's truly no other way to be happy but in Jesus!
May the Lord bless His work in each of you during the journey this week!
1 Corinthians 15:58